ADVANCEMENT - Pictured with students at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden are Grandmaster Brian Hanson and Shihan Frank Ciarleglio, back row, left and right, respectively, and students reaching new levels in Martial Arts and belts they have achieved are Hamden residents Joshua Szymanski, next to Hanson, Yellow Belt, and Mitchell Stevenson Jr., foreground left, Junior Blue Belt. Also pictured are, back row, Andrew Cronin center, Purple Belt, and Emily Maranets (partially hidden at Andrew's left), Junior Blue Belt with Stripe, both of Woodbridge. Front row Ziael Aponte of New Haven, next to Mitchell, Junior Purple Belt. Students work very hard to achieve these new ranks, which is a long journey towards the ultimate goal of earning a Black Belt. Photo right, Carrie Meyer of Hamden, next to Master Rich Brenna, has achieved the ultimate - the Black Belt, described by Kempo instructors as "a very honorable task."

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